Barre on a Bridge

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It’s been 3 months since I first started my barre classes at Barre Evolution and I can honestly say I’m addicted to it!  I guess it’s not a bad thing to be addicted to a fitness routine because it’s definitely changed my body in a good way.  Other than getting in shape, I love shopping their workout gear in their BE retail boutique.  They carry some of the coolest brands like Teeki, Onzie, Hard Tail, and Free People so you can easily go from barre to street.

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I’m looking forward to their Holiday Stroll next Tuesday the 13th from 12-6pm at their Mt. Pleasant location – 320 West Coleman Blvd.  Grab a glass of bubbly and get exclusive first access to their new BE Boutique athleisure brands like Glyder, DYI, Elan, Project Social T, and Liquido Active.  You can enter to win 10-50% mystery discounts on Barre Evolution athleisure retail & class packs.  Meet local makeup artist Ashley Brooke Perryman and shop her new lipstick line ABP Makeup. Local jewelry designer Currie Jewelry will have a curated selection of her beautiful accessories. They’ll also have dry styling from Nick’s Hair Salon, or you can pop over to the salon for a discounted blow out.

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Plus there’s more than one reason to come to Barre Evolution next Tuesday because almost every business in The Shops of Mt. Pleasant where they’re located in is doing something special as well. 7 Gypsy is offering 25% storewide, plus enter to win a free handbag and a $100 gift certificate. Other businesses like Sugar Snap Pea, Play Garden, Blend Juice Bar, and Embler’s Jewelers are also having specials. To find out more details click here.

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I had so much fun on my impromptu barre session on the new bridge in Shem Creek. I love that you can pretty much do barre anywhere!  Stay tuned for their pop-up barre classes that they’ll be doing in the new year.  I especially loved their Barre on a Boat on the Carolina Girl.  What better way to do barre than on a yacht with amazing views of the water and bridge with your friends?

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I’m offering a little discount at Barre Evolution too.  Just mention CURATOR for $10 off a 5 Class Pack.

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Photography by Clifford Pate

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Decking the Halls with Draper James

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A couple of weeks ago I got together with the #HolyCityChicks, the monthly blogger photo shoot session produced by The Charleston Weekender and shot by  Jennifer Collins. Every month is a different theme along with the rotating bloggers, but one thing always remains the same – boss babes who are crushing it in Charleston.  This shoot was extra special because we all got to wear an outfit from Draper James, the lifestyle brand by Reese Witherspoon. She honors her southern heritage by whimsical lady like touches for the modern girl.

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We shot at the newly opened Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, a gorgeous new hotel which is nestled in Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant with a stunning view of the Yorktown and the Charleston Harbor. Even though it was too chilly to jump in the pool, we took advantage of their massive fire pit while roasting marshmallows and sipping hot cocoa.  I love meeting other creatives and making new connections.  I caught up with Liz Martin of The Charleston Weekender and Brittany Lapin of Southern Meets Chic (pictured in the middle), while I got myself acquainted with Charleston newbie Kelsey Hill of Chasing Cinderella (on the far left) and Kayln Chandler of Effie’s Paper in New York (on the far right).

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When I first arrived The Charleston Weekender had the porch all decked out in Holiday swag complete with beautiful gifts wrapped by The Blue Root, floral arrangements by Frampton’s Flowers, and sparkling wine by One Hope Charleston. Wish the Weekender could just swing by my house to do some Holiday decorating too!
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The massive chess set next to the pool was too cute not to take a picture in.  This is me and Southern Meets Chic doing our best check mate.

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It was such an honor to represent Draper James in Charleston, and it was beyond exciting to have our shoot featured on the Draper James blog! I think Reese might have a crush on Charleston because my friends at Cannon Green got a shot out too.  Hopefully a Draper James store in Charleston will be next!

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My Winston Shift Dress by Draper James $285 // Rose gold rings from  Gold Creations // 18k Emerald and Sapphire ring $3,250 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Elwood Grid watch by Christian Paul $199 // Booties by Jeffrey Campbell $165 from Tres Carmen

Photography by Jennifer Collins, Manicure by Mylk Bar

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Island Time

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Holiday parties are in full swing and sometimes it can be hard to find that perfect outfit.  I love scooping up something that I can wear a variety of ways from casual to dressy and transitional from season to season. This little metallic number is a jumpsuit from Tres Carmen and I’ve worn it with sneakers, to these platform heels, and I’m sure I’ll rock it again in the summer with sandals.  The best thing is that it was only $51!  Who says you can’t shop on a budget with local boutiques in Charleston?

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Need some navigation in the local boutique scene for holiday outfits?  Tune into Lowcountry Live this Friday for outfit ideas from Tres Carmen, House of Sage, 7 Gypsy, and Beckett.  Plus there’s always giveaways including a $50 gift certificate from Tres CarmenHouse of SageBeckett, and $150 from 7 Gypsy.

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Other than the shopping in Charleston, I love that you can feel like your always on vacation.  Charleston Harbor Resort  is one of those places that makes you feel like your miles away from the hustle and bustle.  Nestled at the very end of Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, this hotel is more like a private island getaway than a Charleston hotel.  They host all year round events including infamous oyster roasts and their posh sister location The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina recently opened up this past fall.  Stay tuned for my next blog post featuring this beautiful location.

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Everly Jumpsuit from  Tres Carmen // Elwood Grid watch by Christian Paul $199 // Silver bar ring with blue stone from Gold Creations // Topaz, lolite, and amethyst ring $495 and moonstone, turquoise, topaz eternity band $495 Croghan’s Jewel Box // Hammered cuff with diamonds by Ash Hoffman // Napoloeon Earrings by Ellia Wang $78 at  Maris DeHart // Dolce Vita Callista Metallic platform heels $136 from Bloomingdale’s

Photography by Jennifer Collins, Manicure by Mylk Bar

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The Perfect Gifts for Him at Distil Union

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Finding the perfect gift for the men in your life can be a daunting task.  I’ll try to make it easier by sharing some easy ideas and they’re all from local company Distil Union.  The accessory company started in 2011 by creative partners Nate Justiss and Lindsay Windham.  By using their former experience designing products together, including Apple accessories, they wanted to create their own accessories that combine both form and function.  They first started with the Wally Stick-on Wallet Skins that attached to your phone for the ultimate convenience.  Now with over 8 different designs with a focus on wallets in every shape, useage, and color it’s going to be hard just to pick one as a gift.

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For women, you can never have too many bags, and for men having different wallets that serve different purposes is equally as important.  The Wally Sleeve pictured here is perfect when you just want to take the essentials – your id, a few cards, and some cash.  My favorite details in all of these is the pull tab so it’s easy to access your cards.  Perfect for the minimalist guy on the go!

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If you man needs a little more room in his wallet the Wally Agent is perfect for him.  It’s a billfold with four interior pockets plus a section for bills with the pull tab feature.

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The Wally Wallet Case is the most genius invention ever. The beautiful leather case which doubles up as a wallet is so sleek and is the ultimate multi-tasker.  A wallet and phone case in one, what more could you ask for?

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My last favorite is the Wally Euro which is perfect for the globe-trotting man in your life. This wallet combines all the best features of all of the Distil Union wallets like the squeeze-lock pocket for coins, pull-tab, and the adjustable money clip.

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You can shop the full line of Wally Wallets online at Distil Union or visit Nate and Lindsay at their super cool boutique, Objective Design Shop at 525 King Street 2fl.  Their curated shop of modern goodies packs in design books, bags, watches, gadgets, and home decor.

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Wardrobe from Hooley, Worn, See Eyewear // Shot on location at The DewberryButcher & Bee , Lewis BBQ, and 492

Photography by Isabelle Selby, Styling by Andrea Serrano, Model – Jeffrey Beane at Directions USA

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Eat Like a Local at Butcher & Bee

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With so many new restaurants in Charleston popping up and established ones opening second locations it’s so hard to keep up.  There’s one that you have to keep up with and that’s Butcher & Bee which recently re-located to the hip food mecca of Upper Morrison. They started over 5 years ago with their innovative pop up dinners featuring traveling chefs and ethnic food that you just can’t find in Charleston.

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Their 1st location on Upper King had the most unconventional hours of operation, serving food from 11am-3pm and at night from 11pm-3am.  Lunch would be slammed with people spilling out the door and kept busy at night because there’s a shortage of late night eateries. Their new location is a beautiful modern space with plenty of seats so you don’t have to wait long to dive into their amazingly delicious food!

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Michael Shemtov, the owner and visionary behind Butcher & Bee, taps into his Israel heritage and offers hard to find flavors on the menu.  Me and my food adventurer partner Libby of Plate South, couldn’t wait to sample all of the delicious dishes.  Some are my old time favorites, and I also discovered some new ones that I know I’ll be back for.  If you like a little bit of everything then you can’t go wrong with the Mezze.  We got the Kale Slaw, Spicy Carrots, Hummus, and my new obsession – the Whipped Feta.  I could eat 2 of these plates all by myself!  The pita bread is made in house along with every baked good on the menu, and it doesn’t get fresher than that!

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I’m a sucker for a Veggie Burger and this one blew my mind.  Made with beets topped with green tahini, grilled onions, feta, roasted tomato, zucchini pickles in between a house made brioche bun – this is a veggie lovers dream come true!  I would say top 5 veggie burgers I’ve had in my life for sure.

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Just when I thought I couldn’t fit anything else in my belly, I ordered the Pistachio Cardamom Blondie served with home made coffee ice cream.  This takes ice cream sandwiches to a whole other level. When I cheat I always make sure it’s worth it, and this one was definitely was worth it.

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 You know you’ve struck gold when Leo DiCaprio rolls into town and eats at your restaurant.  Butcher & Bee‘s delectable dishes could be world famous, but I’m just happy I can drive a few miles and chow down at one of my favorite restaurants.

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Dress by Plante Clothing // Sunglasses by Quay from Germain Dermatology // Eat Local Canvas and Leather Tote $70 by Dewdrop Designs // Bedford Woven ankle booties by Corso Como $69.30 from Nordstrom Rack // Moonstone cuff by Addison Weeks $134, gold plated ring with topaz by Elizabeth & James $115, 18k vermeil labradorite hoop earrings $115, 18k turquoise .08ct diamond triple Lisse by Jude Frances $1,310 from Croghan’s Jewel Box

Photography by Libby Williams

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Faux Real

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I love that there’s so many great clothing and jewelry options out there that you don’t have to break the bank in order to look good.  Starting with this faux fur jacket from House of Sage in the prettiest color of pink blush.  This local Charleston boutique always stocks the of the moment clothing and accessories at an attainable price.  Located on George Street off of King, House of Sage constantly has new shipments delivered in everyday, and their hottest items sell out quick.  The owners are a husband and wife team Chris and Erin Abagnale, and they are amazingly good at posting on their social media the newness that comes in the door.

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Croghan’s Jewel Box which is a family owned jewelry store that has been in business for over 100 years is known for their fine jewelry mixed with estate pieces.  They also offer jewelry that is incredibly well priced from brands like Freida Rothman and their in-house Gold Bug jewelry line designed by Mini Hay. These rings look like they could go for thousands of dollars, but are actually only by $160-$225.

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Germain Dermatology is my go to place for anything skincare and they recently picked up the Australian sunglass brand Quay.  Their shades range from $45-$50, making it easy it easy to scoop up a couple of pairs.

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So next time you think shopping local is too expensive, think again.  There are so many local boutiques that stock amazing merchandise at great prices.

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Bodysuit, jeans, and The Giver Jacket by Some Days Lovin’ $159 from House of Sage // Sunglasses by Quay from Germain Dermatology // 18k Vermeil Acord Stud earrings $100, 14k gold plated stacked rings by Freida Rothman $225, 14k gold plated pave disc ring by Freida Rothman $160 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Bedford Woven ankle booties by Cosro Como $69.30 from Nordstrom Rack

Photography by Jonathan Balliet

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Black Friday at Maris DeHart X Curator Covets

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Black Friday is here and shopping locally in Charleston has never been more rewarding.  New Charleston boutique Maris DeHart is featuring a sale you don’t want to miss out on today!  Shop locally made gifts and that outfit you’ve been eyeing.  Starting at 9am – 12pm 30% off of everything, and from 12-8pm receive 20% off when you spend $100 or more. I love the mix of merchandise at this new shop that opened this past summer on the corner of East Bay and Vendue in downtown Charleston.  Founder and buyer Alden DeHart has curated the perfect mix of fashion, lifestyle, and art together in a beautiful modern setting.

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Another reason why I love Maris DeHart is that they’re an incubator for emerging southern designers.  I’m so happy to team up with them for Curator Covets.  Every season I’ll be choosing 10 products from southern brands that they carry, and we’ll be donating a portion of the sales of these items to a local charity starting with Lowcountry Orphan Relief.  For the launch of our winter program on December 1st we’ll be featuring Taxidermy, Daniel Velasco,  Element CandleCatie Curran,  Ash Hoffman, Suite 33, Christina JerveyEllia Wang,  Naked Eyes, and Kristen Baird.

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I’m looking forward to the launch of Curator Covets at Maris DeHart next Friday, December 1st at their holiday party in conjunction with the Taxidermy pop up at 32 Vendue Range. From 12-5pm that day receive 20% off, and join them for drinks and lite bites from 5-9pm.   Meet the makers and you just might meet a Christmas icon in a red suit!

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Curator Covets Collection – Kristen Baird Sparkle Cuffs in Chalcedony $369 each, Naked Eyes Silver Bar Ring $135, Ellia Wang Crystal Sharp Wristlet $398

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Curator Covets Collection – Ash Hoffman silver hammered choker with turquoise and opal $495

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Tune into Lowcountry Live next Tuesday, November 29th at 10am as I talk about Maris DeHart and Taxidermy and how they’re giving a new retail experience in Charleston.  I’ll also be featuring all of the Curator Covets products and sharing our collaboration.

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Dress by Mustard Seed, Sunglasses by Quay from Maris DeHart  // Sam Edelman Women’s Audrey Dress Sandal $109.98 from Amazon

Photography by Clifford Pate

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